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California English Language Development Test (CELDT)

Students in kindergarten through grade twelve whose home language is not English are required by law to be assessed in English language proficiency (ELP). In California, the ELP assessment is the CELDT.

The CELDT allows schools to identify students who need to improve their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. Schools also give the test each year to students who are still learning English.

  • For more information about the CELDT, contact your local school district.
  • The CELDT-CalEdFacts page provides a more detailed overview of the test.
  • The links and information below were developed for educators and others who are directly involved with the CELDT.

CELDT Information

Education Code

The administration of an English language proficiency assessment is enforced by law.

English Language Development Standards
Regulations

CELDT regulations (DOC) were enacted in June 2005.

2013–14 CELDT Results

For school, district, county, or state results to the 2013–14 administration of the CELDT, visit the 2013–14 CELDT test results reporting Web site.

Educational Data Systems
For additional CELDT information, view the testing contractor’s CELDT Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Coordinators, Administrators, & Teachers

Assistance for local educational agencies (LEAs):

Accommodations
Apportionment

Funding is provided to LEAs and charter schools to reimburse the costs associated with administering the CELDT. The amount apportioned per pupil per test is established by the State Board of Education (SBE).

Pre-Identification

The Pre-Identification or "Pre-ID" process is a service currently provided to LEAs to assist with the administration of statewide assessments.

  • CELDT Pre-ID
    Description of CELDT Pre-Identification services through the test vendor.
CELDT Frequently Asked Questions for District Coordinators

Frequently Asked Questions
Questions and answers about the CELDT.

CELDT Glossary

The CELDT Glossary provides common terms and acronyms related to the CELDT.

Sample Letters and Parent/Guardian Information

To be used by school districts and schools:

Educational Data Systems
For additional CELDT information, view the testing contractor’s CELDT Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Students & Parents

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to “What is the purpose of the CELDT?” and “Who must take the CELDT?” and other frequently asked questions, please visit the CELDT FAQ Web page.

Released Test Questions

CELDT sample questions (i.e., released test questions)

  • Released Test Questions (PDF)
    These questions cover the four domains assessed by the CELDT: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.
CELDT Glossary

The CELDT Glossary provides terms and acronyms commonly used to describe the administration of the CELDT.

Educational Data Systems
For additional CELDT information, view the testing contractor’s CELDT Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Researchers

CELDT Blueprints
2013–14 CELDT Results

For school, district, county, or state results to the 2013–14 administration of the CELDT, visit the 2013–14 CELDT test results reporting Web site.

CELDT Initial/Annual Scale Score Ranges

CELDT Initial/Annual Scale Score Ranges

Item Alignment Report

CELDT Item Alignment to the 2012 English Language Development Standards Report (DOC)

CELDT Technical Documentation

CELDT Technical Documentation
Includes technical reports and a CELDT study.

Translations

Spanish Translations
  • Test Results Interpretation Guides External link opens in new window or tab.
    Information on interpreting the Student Performance Level Report and definitions of the Overall Test Performance Descriptors translated in several languages.
Other Translated Documents
To view more translated documents, visit the Clearinghouse for Multilingual Documents.

Contact Information

For information regarding test blueprints, released test questions, scale score ranges, and planning for students with disabilities, contact:

California Department of Education
Assessment Development and Administration Division
English Language Proficiency and Alternate Assessments Office
Telephone: 916-319-0784
E-mail: celdt@cde.ca.gov

For information regarding English Language Acquisition Program, teacher training, or community-based English tutoring, contact:

California Department of Education
English Learner Support Division
Language Policy and Leadership Office
Telephone: 916-319-0845

For information regarding new federal standards for data collection and reporting; race and ethnicity categories; or reports for accountability, testing and other data regarding English learners, contact:

California Department of Education
Data Management Division
CALPADS Operations Office
Telephone: 916-324-6738
E-mail: calpads@cde.ca.gov

or

California Department of Education
Educational Demographics Office
Telephone: 916-327-0219

Educational Data Systems
For additional CELDT information, view the testing contractor’s CELDT Web page External link opens in new window or tab..
Questions:   English Language Proficiency and Alternate Assessments Office | celdt@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0784
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